First half of a Carl Rakosi reading. Rakosi reads an interview with himself by an unknown interviewer. The interview describes events from Rakosi's past and his relationship to writing. There is also a discussion about Rakosi's 27 year abscence from writing and what it was like for him to return. The reading ends with a long question and answer session. (Continues on 87P023)
a continuation of a Visiting Poets class conducted by Lewis Warsh in 1978 (78P073 side two) covering autobiographical writing of prose and poetry, how the writer makes it into writing. In this class he focuses on letters and journals as a way to generate material for writing and as writing. This is part 3 of 3.
Part one of a two part faculty reading during the Summer Writing Program at Naropa recorded June 19, 2003. Readers on this tape (tape one) are Bhanu Kapil Performing Water Damage, A Memoir, and Renee Gladman reading The Zone.This reading continues on 03P039 part 1 of 2.
A lecture with Peter Warshall discussing the battle to preserve Mt. Graham, its endangered Red Squirrel, and the relevant bio-politics that emerge from the issue. Keywords: ecology and literature, biopolitics
Second half of Class 11 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen focuses on two later poems from Wallace Stevens, "To an Old Philosopher in Rome" and "The Rock", with digressions on Santayana and other Stevens poems. (Contineued from 80p110.) Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
A class by Philip Whalen in Allen Ginsberg's "Spontaneous Poetics" series. Whalen discusses Ben Jonson, primitive peoples and poetries, and names. (Continued on 76p062). Keyword: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, preliterate culture, oral literature, Buddhism
byKyger, Joanne; Schelling, Andrew; Warshall, Peter; Wilson, Peter Lamborn
First half of a panel on Dharma and eco-poetics, chaired by Andrew Schelling at Naropa's Summer Writing program, with Joanne Kyger, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Peter Warshall. Schelling asks the panel to look at strategies for writers interested in environmental issues. Wilson and Warshall talk about the politics of environmentalism. Kyger points out that ecology begins at home with a "Zen awareness" of the household. The panel ends with a question and answer session. (Continued on...
Reed Bye, Hamlet, August 1980. Philip Whalen, Pericles, August 1980. On the first half of the recording, Reed Bye continues his class on Shakespeare's "Hamlet," focusing on Hamlet's conversations with Ophelia and Gertrude. In the second half, Philip Whalen presents a class on Shakespeare's "Pericles," concentrating on anachronisms in the play, its staging, and the educational background of the playwrights and audiences of Shakespeare's period. (Continued from 80P163). This...
First half of a Summer Writing Program faculty reading with Hoa Nguyen, Mark McMorriss and Michael Palmer. Each writer reads a selection of their work, including "The Trang sisters" by Nguyen, "A Poem for the love of women" by McMorris," and "Sun" by Michael Palmer. (Continues on 02P014)
Class 4 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Wallace Stevens' poem "Sunday Morning," other Stevens poems, and the work of other authors including Dante Gabriel Rosetti, John Milton, Shakespeare, and Hart Crane. Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
byBlaser, Robin; Brown, Lee Ann; Ginsberg, Allen; Schelling, Andrew; Taylor, Steven
First third of an Allen Ginsberg reading of "Pup Tent," "Newt Gingrich," "Skeleton Key," and new words to "Amazing Grace," followed with an introduction by Andrew Schelling of Robin Blaser and Lee Ann Brown reading "Even on Sunday," "Let Down Thy Bars," three versions of "Amazing Grace," "Resistance Play," "A Present Bow favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
First half of a reading with Andrew Schelling and Lyn Heijinian. Schelling reads translations of verses by King Hallah as well as poems inspired by travel in India. Heijinian reads from her books Book of Nights and A Border Comedy. (Continues on 95P027)
Second half of an Anne Waldman class on women writers from the summer of 1977. Waldman focuses on the poets Sei Shonagon, Collette, Helen Adam, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Joanne Kyger, and Bernadette Mayer. This recording begins with a continuation from the previous tape of an audio cassete with a Bernadette Mayer reading. Waldman plays another tape by Gertrude Stein, reading selections from her "Making of Americans." (Continued from 77P079)
A Pierre Joris lecture discussing the history of Arab poetry, including its development and relation to Arabic culture. He reads and discusses translated poems by several prominent writers, including Mahmoud Darwish, Abdul Kader El Janabi, and Abdellatif Laabi.
Second half of a Bernadette Mayer class on experimental techniques in writing and other arts. She reads some of the writing of Tristan Tzara, Antonin Artaud, Eric Satie, Gertrude Stein, and others, and discusses Dada, the unconscious, cut-ups, and sentence structure. (Continued on 78P081)
bySanchez, Sonia; Taylor, Steven; Torres, Edwin; Waldman, Anne; Wellman, Mac
Opening panel from week four of the 2003 Summer Writing Program. The topic is "Performance and Collaboration." The panel includes Sonia Sanchez, Mac Wellman and Edwin Torres with chair Steven Taylor. Highlights include discussion of the potential of performance and collaboration, Sonia Sanchez on the limiting of labeling performances according to genre and race, Mac Wellman on "the hoax" as a genre of writing, and a discussion of the social responsibility of the poet.
byBlaser, Robin; Creeley, Robert; Ondaatje, Michael
First half of a panel discussion with Robin Blaser, Robert Creeley and Michael Ondaatje. The panelists discuss their personal histories, followed by comments on community, the 1965 poetry conference, the influences of books, homelessness in language and other topics. (Continues on 99P013)
Part 1 of an Allen Ginsberg workshop on American value. Ginsberg looks at what a value is, what is of value, and at poetry that addresses these questions. He focuses on the work of artist and poet Marsden Hartley, reading and discussing his poems, including "Three small feathers," "As the buck lay dead," "Albert Ryder, moonlightist," and others. Ginsberg also touches on the work of William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound....
First half of a panel with Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Eleni Sikelianos, Harryette Mullen, Steven Taylor, and Renee Gladman. Waldman reads "Sister arise and vocalize: is there anyone under that chador?" Kyger discusses modernist women poets. Sikelianos reads "Yo, self / yo, maximus." Mullen discusses categories, forms, and perceptions. Taylor discusses Claude Levi-Strauss, Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva. Renee Gladman discusses poetry and triangles. (Continues on 02P032)
Benjamin Friedlander lecture on Paul Celan including several small papers about Celan and several translations of his work. Anselm Hollo joins the lecture midway, followed by a question and answer session.
byBerssenbrugge, Mei-Mei; Kyger, Joanne; Osman, Jena; Perelman, Bob
First half of a poetry reading with Jena Osman, Bob Perelman, Mei Mei Bersenbrugge, and Joanne Kyger. Osman reads from "Press scrutiny." Bersennbrugge reads from her book, Nest, and Perelman reads "Fake dream: the library," "Today's lament," "Ode to James Fennimore Cooper," and others. (Continues on 01P026)
A Bill Berkson class on poetics, focusing on the work of Frank O'Hara and other poets of the New York School. He reads portions of O'Hara's book Second Avenue and looks at the importance of place in poetry. Berkson talks about European influences on poets in New York, the influence of movies on O'Hara, and other aspects of the poetry of the New York School writers, including their influence on his own work.
This is a tape of a David Rome lecture on topic: The Fruition of Peacemaking. Rome mostly explores Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's notion of enlightened society. He also discusses the mandala principle, the tension between the political and the spiritual, activism individually and in community, and "now-ness."
Jena Osman lecture, "Cog-ignitions: Thinking about objects thinking." Osman discusses manually-generated and computer-generated procedural art, and objects that appear to be thinking such as puppets, computers, and poems.
First class of seven taught by Peter Orlovsky in series titled, Poetry for Dumb Students. Orlovsky reads the poetry of Nikolai Klyuev. Students then read their own poetry followed by brief discussions as a class.
Philip Whalen lectures on writing and seeing. He begins by talking about his experience at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and goes on to discuss John Locke's ideas about how people convey their experience to others. He also refers to the thinking of Bishop Berkeley, Laurence Sterne, Charles Olson, and Allen Ginsberg. Whalen reads and discusses some of his writing,including his poem "Apple gravy" and part of his novel You Didn't Even Try. The lecture ends with a question and answer...
The Tenth class on Basic Poetics by Allen Ginsberg. (The ninth class has no tape) To begin this class students sing the ballad...with guitar. Leads into a discussion of Basil Bunting and Quantitative Poetics. This is class 10 of 33.
First half of a class with Philip Whalen discussing Alexander Pope's life, and the cultural context of his work. Whalen reads and discusses several works by Pope, including "The Heathen to His Departing Soul," "The Dying Christian to His Soul," "A Rondeau," "An Epistle to a Doctor ofDivinity...," and "The Dunciad." (Continues on 84p043.) Keywords: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, 17th and 18th century literatur.
First half of a faculty reading with Steven Taylor, Dodie Bellamy, Kass Fleisher and Junior Burke, including "Strip mall bohemia," "The mountain whippoorwill," "Geneology," "Holy thursday," "The curator's husband: A voice mail," "Boxing Day," and others. (Continued on 02P096)
Second half of Class 5 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Lew Welch's poem "Wobbly Rock" with specific reference to letters to and from Welch and a lecture by Welch in "How I Work as a Poet." (Continued from 80p098.) Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
First half of Class 8 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Wallace Stevens's poem "Academic Discourse at Havana." Specific attention is given to French poets--Stephane Mallarme, Paul Valery, Andre Gide, and others--who influenced Stevens. (Continues on 80p106.) Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
A reading with Naropa faculty members Joanne Kyger, Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, Tom Raworth, and Peter Warshall. Many of the readings are dedicated to friends who have passed on, including Naropa teacher Rick Fields. Joanne Kyger reads from her history of the Buddhist teacher Naropa as well as a poem by Rick Fields. Dodie Bellamy reads from "The letters of Mina Harker." Kevin Killian reads his poetry including some poems written in response to the AIDS epidemic. British poet Tom...
Part two of a two part lecture series by Robin Blaser entitled Belief, doubt, and politics. Blaser discusses language, spirituality, sexuality, gender and the existential given. He reads and discusses the ideas and writing of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Stephane Mallarme and chiasmatic language, Frederich Nietzsche's parable "The madman" and his book The Gay Science/The Joyful Wisdom, Jean-Francois Lyotard's book The Postmodern Condition, and Martha Nussbaum's ideas about the soul. Blaser...
Bernadette Mayer gives a lecture in which she talks about her intentions relating to the books she has published to this date. Her overall purpose is to explain the structure and processes she used for putting together her creative books. She reads selections from Utopia and Sonnets, and mentions her two non-fiction prose works, Handbook of poetic forms and Art of sciene writing. The creative books she discusses are: Story, Ceremony Latin 1964, Moving, Memory, Studying hunger, Poetry, Euruditio...
The third and final lecture in a series by Anselm Hollo, discussing the stakes of poetics within or outside accepted verse culture and by extension, accepted culture and politics in general. Hollo discusses the New York School, the Beats, the Black Mountain School, and the future of 21st century poetics. (Part 1 is on 01P001 and Part 2 is on 01P009.)
First half of a class by Allen Ginsberg on "Spontaneous Poetics." Discussion includes meditation and poetry with William Carlos Williams's "Thursday" as an example. Ginsberg discusses Indian poetry, Paris and Henri Micheaux, William Blake's "Tierza," Gertrude Stein, and political disillusionment. (Continues on 76p076.) Keyword: New American Poetry, beat movement, New York School, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, spiritualism and literature, political poetry, protest...
Bill Berkson reads an autobiography that he wrote for the Gale Research Company. He talks about his family, his New York City childhood, and his life as a writer and teacher, including his memories of fellow poets.
Second half of the second installment of Jim Carroll's class on poetry and music. Carroll plays recordings of his songs and discusses his music, including a collaboration with Ray Manzerik of the Doors. The tape ends with a performance by the class. (Continued from 86P005)
A snippet of material that may conclude a class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, from a class series during the summer of 1975. The recording includes three minutes and six seconds of Ginsberg talking about the morality of William Carlos Williams and the subject of poetry and peception. (Possibly continued from 75P021)